Published 12:02 am Thursday, February 7, 2013

Andalusia’s Shandricka Thompkins (55) grabs a rebound during a recent game. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia spent a little more time than usual at practice on Wednesday.

The Lady Bulldogs ironed out the last-minute kinks to get ready for Monroe County tonight in the semifinals of the Class 4A, Area 2 tournament at Hillcrest-Evergreen High School.

During the regular season, AHS fell 0-2 to MCHS.

AHS girls coach Teresa Herring said the girls are really excited about their opportunity tonight.

“We’ve seen things we weren’t doing right that we needed to fix,” Herring said about the practice. “We’ve just been focused on our team these last two days and not on Monroe.”

Herring said other than shooting and the regular drills the girls ran through on Wednesday, the team did a fair amount of team-building exercises.

The Lady Bulldogs coach said it’s important to have team chemistry.

“In the game of basketball, team chemistry is huge,” Herring said. “If they trust each other, like each other and respect each other, then they’ll leave it all on the floor.”

Andalusia will be facing a Monroe County girls team who is aggressive and likes to go after loose balls, Herring said.

Additionally, MCHS has good size on the inside and they like to attack off of the dribble.

“They like to sit back and run an overload offense and will do a zone defense,” Herring said. “They’ll press a little bit. They’re very confident in what they do and stick with it.”

When asked what are a few keys to tonight’s game, Herring point to one player — Shandricka Thompkins.

In Andalusia’s last effort against Monroe County, Thompkins scored 16 points, where much of them came off of putbacks.

“If she’ll just go and be aggressive and get boards, then we’ll win,” Herring said. “But, I really need my guards and Tylesha (Malcolm) to step up, too. They know that Shandricka scores a lot, so we’re hoping it evens out. We’ve been doing some things this week to help us have a scoring chance.”

Tip off tonight at Hillcrest-Evergreen is at 6.